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After the success of the most recent Belle And Sebastian album, "The Life Pursuit", band leader/singer/songwriter Stuart Murdoch decided to pursue his dream of writing a rock musical scored for female singers. After auditioning vocalists via Internet contests, he made his choices and, with all members of Belle And Sebastian backing him up, recorded this breathtaking record. It combines the strengths and feel of early Belle And Sebastian records in a broader musical palette, which draws equally on musicals, 60s girl groups, 80s indie, and most of all, classic pop.

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"Spanning glam, soul, country, and 70s AM rock...Murdoch is at his best detailing his famously quirky characters" --Pitchfork
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B002736YNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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This album is an absolute masterpiece of postmodern honesty - equal parts hope and despair, to spectacular result. The album has the same thrilling qualities many people might attribute to some of the best work of the Smiths or others who combine a healthy touch of 60s-70s baroque with silky smooth singing and dead clever lyrics. Some of Stuart Murdoch's most achingly sweet productions and melodies come to life here with the dreamily perfect smorgasbord of expertly executed female vocals and impressive musicianship as well. This is a film soundtrack that does not need a film. God, I wish I could see that film! Beautiful craftsmanship like this is sadly uncommon in modern popular music. This will be a delightful and simply fun classic for years to come.
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To start, I agree with what the other reviewer has said. As I am only the second person to review this album, I thought I'd give some basic info potential fans may be wondering about...
1. If I am a Belle and Sebastian fan, will I find traces of their music in this and like it as a result? YES, many traces indeed, from Stuart Murdoch's actual singing to his clever lyrics to his lyrical phrasing to some very intelligent and proper British songwriting (Pretty Eve in the Tub is reminiscent of I Love My Car in it's cleverness). Some nice harmonies too from the group of female vocalists assembled.
2. Are the B & S songs on this album basically xeroxes of the original versions found of the Life Pursuit? NO. Acts of the Apostles is considerably different and Funny Little Frog is a slower, more soulful 70's version with lots of strings. Well worth the addition of them on this disc- not just filler.
3. Are there any throwaway tracks like on B & S's other peripheral project "Storytelling?" Sort of- there is a jazzy instrumental but it is only 1 minute long and it's actually kind of catchy in a pseudo Brubeck Time Out sense (nowhere near the level of that of course). Considering the amount of tracks on this disc, 1 quick filler song isn't bad.
Overall, this album contains extremely fun and smart British songwriting that made albums like XTC's Skylarking and Shelleyan Orphan's Century Flower so enjoyable in their time. It is not mired down in the self pity and pseudo despair that Smith lyrics are often consumed with so enough of the Smiths comparisons please! Lastly, there are some very strong female vocals on this album, most notably from a woman named Catherine Ireton who takes most leads and does a beautiful job with them. Not your typical B & S female vocalist- her voice is a pleasantly surprising soulful one. Well worth the money and a follow up.
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A friend of mine randomly suggested I check this album out. I have never listened to Belle & Sebastain, though I know of them - so I had no preconceived notions about what this album might sound like. I absolutely fell in love with God Help the Girl. The women vocalists are utterly divine - very reminisce of 60s era style singing. I honestly can not get enough of any of the songs. I also enjoy the lyrics as they're not your typical pop love songs, some of them tell stories, some are cute, some are whimsical. Most of the songs are upbeat and cheerful. I find I always feel better about life after listening to this. Nothing but love for this album.
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The best album I bought in 2012, was released in 2009: "God Help the Girl" was the project of scotsman Stuart Murdoch, one of the founders of Belle & Sebastian. He auditioned largely unknown singers from all over the world to form a "girl group," to perform songs he'd written, both old and new, with a retro feel to it -- specifically the years 1962 to '72. It's part Shangri-Las, part Dusty Springfield, and part Karen Carpenter. The feel is pitch-perfect, Murdoch's story lyrics are both sharp and witty, and the ensemble of vocalists is sublime. Plus, the "girls" are clearly having a grand time. Chief among them is Catherine Ireton, who sings lead on most of the tracks. But Celia Garcia and Alex Klobouk are also terrific. And Brittany Stallings performs a boffo cover of Belle & Sebastian's "Funny Little Frog." Stuart Murdoch, Neil Hannon, Anna Miles, Dina Bankhole and Asya also contribute vocals to this rarest of recording phenomena these days -- a perfect album!
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After years of fronting the pop band Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch sought to shake things up by assembling some female vocalists and having them sing some songs he had written about a depressed adolescent girl, with Belle and Sebastian being the backing band. The project became known as GOD HELP THE GIRL, and on this eponymous album the singers are Alex Klobouk (the bespectacled beauty from B&S's "Wrapped Up in Books" music video), Brittany Stallings, Dina Bankole, Celia Garcia, Asya (of the band Smoosh), Linnea Jönsson (from Those Dancing Days), and finally Catherine Ireton. While everyone appears at least on backing vocals, Murdoch was very impressed with Ireton and she performs main vocals on the bulk of the songs.

Belle and Sebastian started as twee pop, and if their move to somewhat more mature stylings has got you down, you'll be pleased: this album is twee as all get out. Sure, there are the dark undercurrents of the protagonist committed for a time to a psychiatric ward, but many of the songs deal with the pressures of school, finding one's path in life, awkwardness around the opposite sex, etc.

But GOD HELP THE GIRL is also pure pop goodness, with lush harmonies, backing string arrangements and occasional wall-of-sound production. Comparisons to Phil Spector's 1960s girl bands are obvious, but this album never feels like a retread of the Sixties, due in large part to the quirky lyrics. Murdoch has written here some of the best songs of his career: "Musician, Please Take Heed", "Perfection as a Hipster" "I'll Have to Dance with Cassie". Plus there are lovely covers of two songs from Belle and Sebastian's
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